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Power adapters for Trinidad

If you are packing for a vacation it's helpful to know if you can charge your important devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you're there. But, without knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible. Differing combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Trinidad. This page contains links to useful instructions showing how to power your devices when travelling to Trinidad using their Type B or A Trinidad 115 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Trinidadians will typically use the Type B sockets in their power outlets. You will discover power will change depending on which country you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

The best power adapter for Trinidad will be a Type B plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 115 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Trinidad?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Trinidad power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [3]

Do I need a plug adapter in Trinidad?

If the shape of the plug outlet in Trinidad is different to the shape of the Trinidad power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Trinidad enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in Trinidad by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Trinidad?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 115 volt Trinidad power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use any 220-240 volt device you also need to bring a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Trinidad in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Trinidad in the UK

Trinidad to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in Trinidad

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Trinidad

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

  1. Wikipedia - Trinidad entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, £5-£10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor